- Crusaders 1-3 Linfield (result)
- Cameron Stewart (3), Mark Stafford (11)
- Paul Heatley of Crusaders sent off
- Jordan Owens 34th-minute header for Crues
- Lowry penalty makes it 3-1 on 79 mins
It looks like Linfield's Shield now as Stephen Lowry slots home a penalty after Howard Beverland's foul on Andrew Waterworth.
The 10 men of Crusaders could make a game of this yet. Striker Jordan Owens scores with a header from David Cushley's delivery in the 34th minute.
Things are going from bad to worse for league champions Crusaders as winger Paul Heatley gets a straight red hard for appearing to hit out at Linfield's Mark Stafford. There was a flailing arm, didn't appear much real contact, but a silly action by the Crusaders player.
Another goal in what is a dream start for Linfield. This time Mark Stafford forces the ball over the line at the far post and it is looking good for former Northern Ireland striker David Healy as he seeks to land his first trophy as Blues boss.
Linfield take the lead through Cameron Stewart's fourth-minute header. The 19-year-old, who used to play for Crusaders, finds the net for a third game in a row.